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Kotelnik upsets Rees for portion of junior welterweight title

Updated: March 23, 2008, 1:05 PM ET
Reuters

LONDON -- WBA junior welterweight champion Gavin Rees lost the first defense of his title on Saturday, stopped in the final round by Ukraine's Andreas Kotelnik.

The Welshman was caught with a whipping right hand with less than a minute remaining of the 12th round and seconds later stumbled to the canvas.

He got back to his feet but was clearly a spent force after taking severe punishment and the referee stopped the fight. It was his first defeat in 28 professional contests.

Rees, ...

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